Breakthrough: An Amateur Photography Revolution

April 20 - June 16, 2007
SFAC Gallery, Main Gallery

A multi-faceted exhibition and panel discussion examining the new digital environment that has revolutionized the way photographers shoot, store and share images. Our examination centers on the empowered digital communities of two Bay Area enterprises that have helped define and push the boundaries of how images live within a virtual ecosystem.
Co-curated with Derek Powozniak

Front Gallery: JPG: Community & Opportunity

In partnership with the SFAC Gallery, the JPG Magazine community tackles the theme Breakthrough in a multimedia exhibition that celebrates global participation and exposes the editorial process. An accompanying feature will appear in JPG's May issue.

Back Gallery: Takes on Flickr

Six leading Bay Area curators explore the expansive Flickr community and emerge with image-sets that reflect unexpected thematic threads and a diverse array of photographic styles. Curators: Rebeca Bollinger, Heather Champ, Joseph del Pesco, Chuck Mobley, Renny Pritikin, and Terri Whitlock.

Also featuring Flickr-interactive artist’s projects by Jonathan Coultan and Takashi Matsumoto.

Takashi Matsumoto

Are we all photographers now?

Thursday, May 31, 6:00 – 7:30pm, Free

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

What does it mean to be a “photographer” when there's a camera in every phone and photos can travel the globe with the click of a button? Join this panel of artists and experts for a lively conversation about the art and practice of photography in the brave new digital age.

Moderator: Thom Sempere, Executive Director, PhotoAlliance

Panelists: J.D. Beltran, Artist; Caterina Fake, Founder, Flickr; Deanne Fitzmaurice, Photojournalist /Pulitzer Prize recipient, San Francisco Chronicle; Derek Powazek, Founder/Editor, JPG Magazine.  Presented in collaboration with PhotoAlliance